Tim Brighouse

‘Transfer fees’ might stop teachers fleeing abroad

Here are two ways that we could tempt teachers to stay in the UK

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Envy in a child worries us. It is so shameful and corrosive. Yet I confess to experiencing it on the rare occasions when I visit an independent school.

“Surely all children should have facilities like this?” I ask myself in the 10 minutes it takes to drive from the “porter’s lodge” to the main reception. And then the fees they charge – often five or six times the amount we spend per pupil in inner-city state schools. In short, envy turns to anger very quickly.

When the case for the abolition of public schools was abandoned in the 1960s, I joined in the debate about their charitable status. I ...

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